Texoma Church Gives Away Hundreds of Turkeys

Four more days until we enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal; of course that means lots of turkey! For those who couldn't afford a turkey, one Texoma church stepped in and offered it for free.

Frozen and ready for a table one by one turkeys were handed out at Evangel Temple Sunday morning.

"We're going to make sure that no one leaves without a Thanksgiving turkey," said Evangel Temple Pastor, Kyle Bateman.

It took months of planning for the giveaway, with more than 300 turkeys stored away for the big day.
"I think it's a great thing that people can come here and get a turkey for their Thanksgiving meal," said Tammy Wilson.

This is her third year to accept a free turkey and Jessica O'Neill's and Brandy Nickels first time.

"We very much appreciate it and it will be a nice, good Thanksgiving dinner," they said.

That's exactly what Pastor Kyle Bateman and the church wanted to provide for people. A Thanksgiving without the worry of wondering whether or not a warm turkey would be served, something Pastor Bateman experienced as a little boy.

"I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a trailer park. I grew up many Thanksgivings not having a turkey."

He didn't want anyone in our community to go through that.

"This is kind of me taking care of that little boy in the trailer park. We want these people to know they're going to have a Thanksgiving," he said.

When all was said and done between 250 and 300 butterball turkeys were given to Texomans, served alongside a warm smile.

The church was able to provide the free turkeys through members donating money and sponsors like United in Burk and WalMart off Central Freeway.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.